Archives for February 2016

I’m Stupid

February 8, 2016 Leave a Comment

I love this article by Chris Cade…

A few years ago I was checking out several schools to see which one I would send m y son too. While visiting one of them, I said hello to one of the students and asked him, “How are you?

Somewhat dishearteningly, he said to me: “I’m stupid.“My response was simple and matter of fact…

“I don’t believe that.”

The boy went on to tell me how he had forgotten something. I reassured him that I have forgotten many things, but that didn’t make me -nor him- stupid.

He was not convinced.

(and reasonably so)

We chatted for a few minutes. And as I got to know this kid, two things were clear: First, he felt rather unseen and invisible. Secondly, he was obviously very good at video games.

I knew that was my hook…

“Did you know that there’s several different types of intelligence?” I asked him. He looked at me quizzically, so I quickly leveraged the situation.

“It turns out that people have different kinds of ‘smartness.’ Some people are good at math, while others are good at reading. Some people are good at solving problems. Most people are naturally smart with some things, but other things require more effort and hard work for them to be smart at.

It sounds to me like you’re smart at video games. And whether you realize it or not, that is going to be VERY helpful to you later on in life.”

“Really?” he asked optimistically.

“Really,” I reassured him solidly. “Clearly you’re smart. You just didn’t see it this way before, and that’s okay. Most people have difficulty seeing how smart they really are.”

The boy looked even more optimistic, so I went in for the final thought that I hoped would anchor our conversation into his consciousness…

“Remember… don’t ever believe somebody when they say you’re stupid… and that includes yourself.

He seemed to get it. Then a moment later, another boy came by and the two were off running.

Nevermind that the previously sullen boy was now skipping down the hallway. And with a smile on his face, he tossed back over his shoulder a simple line that communicated to me my work had been done:

“Thanks for the advice!”


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Building relationships with influencers

February 5, 2016 Leave a Comment


How do you build relationships with influencers?

When you build relationships in business, think of the times that a relationship has helped you reach your goals with more ease, how relationships have helped you share your message globally and to new audiences, and, how the relationships you have provided you with other connections you may have not otherwise had.  This is one of the most important forms of capital.

Alex Mandossian hangoutI had a recent conversation with Charmaine Hammond and Alex Mandossian via Alex’s Hangout and we’ve discussed some great tips that includes:

– Build relationships that are authentic and meaningful

– Coming from a place of helping, serving and adding value

– Avoid the premature ask (to ask support or collaboration in a short notice)

– Supporting influencers in a way that is meaningful to them such as introducing them to media connections or for speaking opportunities

– Have some time to build the relationship

–  Do not let fear get in the way of building an authentic relationship

“Leadership is not about a title or a designation. It’s about impact, influence and inspiration. Impact involves getting results, influence is about spreading the passion you have for your work, and you have to inspire team-mates and customers”. Robin Sharma

Alex pointed out that we are all influencers… the circles and range of our influence may be different but we need to remember that we all have the ability to be influencers.  He also reminded us of the other qualities in influence such as transparency, clarity, and building powerful connections in business.

These are the questions you may want to ask to yourself:

1) Who could I serve or be a champion for today?

2) What message could I be an ambassador of this week?

3) Who do I know that I could powerfully connect or introduce to someone that I deeply respect and appreciate?


Get to know more of this topic,  check out the replay here.

You may want to tune in to  Push Button Influence to learn on how to become known as a top influencer on the web.

And, to make sure you’re on the right track, join the Global Influence Summit on February 18 – 19, 2016 in San Diego, California – an exclusive 2 day live event that delivers big results, teaching you how to bring your success, influence, profits and love of your business to a whole new level.




10 Things you need to know on how to grow your influence online

February 1, 2016 1 Comment


Ready to learn how to reach millions in 2016?

Discover how the internet can make you famous as Charmaine Hammond with Natalie Ledwell shared  how to create viral energy around your internet presence.

Here are the Top 10 tips from Natalie about her  insights on Goal setting, Affiliate marketing and Online influence.

1. Make your presence online known. Start a video blog. Keep them short and full of information and don’t forget to link them to your website. Video is a great way to build rapport with people online. Video also ranks higher than text or image, so posting videos will help your SEO. Bonus tip: Google hangouts ranks even higher, so using hangouts will bring you higher up in a Google search.

2. Not sure people are finding you on Google? Think about the words you would type in when you are looking for your product. Make sure those words are all over your website.

3. Your email list is your currency. Give people a reason to want to share their contact information with you. Make sure you constantly building your list. Build rapport and trust with this list.

4. Choose a style of marketing that you enjoy. Are you a people’s person? Then affiliate marketing might be right for you.

5. When starting out, choose one style of marketing, get really good at it, and only then move on to other types. Stretching yourself too thin and learning multiple marketing techniques at once won’t produce exceptional results.

6. Affiliate marketing is a great place to start when you begin a new business because of it’s low monetary risk.

7.  The cycle of reciprocity – Get behind someone’s launch campaign. Be a champion for a friend starting a new business. By showing your support, people will usually do the same.

8. Make time to meet people face-to-face. Build friendships with your colleagues.  Real time connections are stronger than online ones.

9. Reward your top affiliates! What can you offer them that is of value? Utilize your skills and resources.

10. Always look for ways to tweak things, or leverage things. Don’t be afraid to venture outside the box.


Find out more of this discussion and get to learn about the Global Influence Summit, here: